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Old February 15th, 2013, 10:29 PM   #4901
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Old February 17th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #4904
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Chapultepec Castle

From its location at the top of Chapultepec Hill, Chapultepec Castle is the eternal witness of Mexico’s history; as it has watched armies, presidents and emperors, who have left a permanent mark on the nation, walk among its walls and gardens.

Chapultepec has always been a crucial place for Mexican history; since pre-Columbian times some sanctuaries existed there and it was a place of rest for the Aztec emperors. This place was thought to have magical importance by the Aztec people, as they considered there were two entrances to the underworld: one in the city of Mitla in Oaxaca, and the other in a cavern in Chapultepec Hill, which today is a bit hidden but it’s still visible on the southern side of the hill. Also, the springs of the area supplied the populous city with water during this time, and later, in times of the Viceroyship.

At the end of the 18th Century, in 1780 to be exact, the Viceroy Matías Gálvez started the construction of a residence at the top of Chapultepec Hill that would later become a Military School. During the American invasion of 1847, it was one of the last bastions that resisted in Mexico City. Later, in the 1860’s, the emperor Maximilian of Hapsburg arranged this site as his residence because he was captivated by the beautiful views of the Valley of Mexico that could be appreciated from that place; he beautified the castle by adding gardens and sophisticated interior decoration and communicated Chapultepec Castle with the Historical Centre by creating a Parisian style boulevard, which is now the renowned Reforma Avenue With the passing years the Castle became the home of all of Mexico’s presidents until, in 1940, Lázaro Cárdenas donated it to the nation so it could become the National History Museum.

Apart from having priceless historical objects, this magnificent building also allows us to learn how presidents and emperors used to live, as well as granting us a beautiful view, considered by many the best in the whole city.


When we think of castles we think of Europe and Asia, of the towering spires of Neuschwanstein and the massive courtyards and interlocking palaces that populate the Forbidden City. North America is not a continent that has a ton of "castle cred," mostly because modern North American history (dating from the arrival of white settlers) is, for the most part, a history either of colonies or democracies. However, there is one structure on the North American continent that can truly claim to be a castle, Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.

Chapultepec has the rather dubious distinction of being the only castle within North America to ever house actual sovereigns. It was originally constructed in 1725 on the orders of the Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez, and was meant to be a large manor house for the Viceroy, who was the commander-in-chief of the Spanish colony, New Spain. During the Mexican War of Independence the castle was abandoned, and remained in a state of dereliction for several decades. It was eventually refurbished and turned into a Military Academy. It was in this capacity that he castle served as the site of the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War in 1847.

With the rise of the Second Mexican Empire in 1864 the castle became the official residence of Emperor Maximilian I and his wife Empress Carlota. Maximilian, while in name and title the Emperor of Mexico, was in fact an Austrian prince of the Habsburg dynasty who was not ethnically Mexican at all, having been offered the crown by Mexican monarchists. During this period the castle began to take on its current floor plan, with Maximilian hiring multiple architects to re-design the castle in the neo-classical style which was popular at the time.

Unfortunately for Maximilian his reign, and with it the Second Mexican Empire, were brought to an abrupt halt only four years later in 1867 when he was shot by firing squad along with several of his most loyal followers. With the establishment of the Mexican Republic under Benito Juárez Cahpultepec again began to fall into disuse and disrepair.

Currently the castle is the seat of National Museum of Cultures, which was formerly known as the Museum of Natural History. It was established as such by Lázaro Cárdenas in 1939. In this capacity it is open to visitors who can come and tour both the castle itself and the various collections it now houses. Through the past decades it has become a favorite location of movie directors appearing in both Robert Aldrich’s Vera Cruz and Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 05:21 AM   #4905
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Maximilian I

Maximilian I (1832-1867) was a Habsburg Prince, younger brother of Franz Joseph who was the future emperor for Austria-Hungary.

Napoleon III offered the crown of Mexico to Maximilian I which he accepted under two conditions:

One, that he would be protected by the French army and two, that he was accepted by the majority of the Mexicans.

He was sadly misled into believing that he had both.

Even though Maximilian I and his wife Charlotte of Belgium were progressive in their thinking about social justice, to the Mexicans they represented the French invasion.

They arrived to Mexico in 1864, taking their new position very seriously.

Carlota starts to learn Spanish and Mexican art and history, while Maximilian started to make some reforms, similar to those of Juárez.

They also hosted lavish parties at the Castle in order to raise funds for charity.

Maximilian’s liberal policies did not please the Conservatives (who had suggested the idea of a European Emperor in the first place) or the church that did not get their lands back.

Liberalists didn’t accept Maximilian either, since he had been imposed on top of the liberal government.

In the end, Maximilian ended up financing his own government with his inheritance and France took the customs revenue as payment for the Mexican debt.

In Europe, the formation of the nation of Germany initiated a war that required all the French troops back, including the troops that were in Mexico in 1866.

Carlota traveled back to France trying to convince Napoleon III not to withdraw the troops and trying to gather support from other royals, to no avail.

She suffered a mental breakdown that became an illness she endured for the rest of her life.

Still very much in love with Maximilian I, and manifesting symptoms of paranoia, she never came back to Mexico and remained in Europe ending her days in Belgium.

Meanwhile Maximilian I still believed he had the support of the Mexican people and in 1867 he traveled to Queretaro where he met his generals and went off to face Benito Juárez and his army. They were arrested.

After a short imprisonment and trial, Juárez has Maximilian I executed in 1867 in Queretaro, along with his generals Miramón and Mejía.
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